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Ellsworth school budget proposal includes mill rate hike of 1.92%

A mill rate of 8.87, an increase of 1.92 percent over last year, was included in the budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday.

Representing tax per $1,000 of valuation, the mill rate projected for 2010-11 compares to an 8.70 rate for the 2009-10 year.

The total school tax levy in the latest budget plan amounts to $7,843,995, an increase of $151,224 from the $7,692,771 levy in '09-'10. Revenue in the '10-'11 proposal totals $16,887,376, while expenditures total $17,094,959.

Superintendent Barry Cain told the annual meeting audience all of these numbers are estimates. Cain cited several factors which will affect final budget figures, such as the amount of general aid to be received (which should be known by mid-October), the official student enrollment count (to be taken on the third Friday in September), property values in the district (which he expects to decrease), a Federal Education Jobs Fund award to the district (which has been placed at $390,192), free and reduced meal participation (which affects the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education program at Hillcrest Elementary School) and a possible energy efficiency exemption.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 1.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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